Following runs in the West End and New York, one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature will be wiggling his way to Malvern this month, when The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show plays at Malvern Theatres on Wednesday and Thursday, May 24 and 25.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, adapted for the stage by director Jonathan Rockefeller, will feature a menagerie of 75 enchanting puppets during a magical 60-minute show that faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle’s best loved books for the stage: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
“Eric Carle has created a deceptively simple, yet sophisticated introduction to reading through the magic of his iconic collage illustrations and memorable stories," says Jonathan. "I still have my original copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and to this day can’t help but be enthralled by the stylish and captivating art in Eric’s work.
“For many in the audience, this show will undoubtedly be their very first time at the theatre, so we have been very conscientious to ensure that we have been absolutely faithful to their favourite characters.
“When our puppets appear on stage the atmosphere is positively electric - parents and grandparents are swept up in nostalgia, and you can hear peals of laughter and squeals of delight as joy fills the theatre. We can’t wait to bring The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Malvern!”
Eric Carle added: “I am delighted my friends in the UK will soon be able to share the same enjoyment I felt when seeing my characters come to life in the beautiful and enchanting Broadway production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.”
The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be appearing at Malvern Theatres on Wednesday and Thursday, May 24 and 25. To book, call the box office on 01684 892277 or visit malvern-theatres.co.uk